|My Garden Map|
You can see on my map that I noted how many plants per square foot and when they should be planted. The marigolds are there for organic pest control. I have never tried this before, but I have heard many people swear by them! The black spots are paths for walking ... can't forget those! I may alter my plan slightly, but this definitely gives me a jumping off point! I will be posting about my garden progress as I go along. Maybe some of you want to plant as well, but just don't know where to start!
Now is the time to start your seedlings indoors, especially if you plan to start tomatoes or peppers from seed or if you plan to plant lettuce, broccoli or other delicate plants. I have lettuce, broccoli, onion, marigolds and strawberries in my plan; they all get planted a little earlier than the other items. You can buy seedling pots or you can make them from newspaper or empty toilet paper rolls.
The other thing that I have been doing for a while now is nourishing my garden soil. The way that I do this is to throw certain garbage items in my garden area. You must be careful what you throw out there! The stuff that I commonly throw out there: banana peels and unfinished bananas, apple peels, potato peels, ends of celery stalks, bread ends and crusts, egg shells, coffee grounds, onion and garlic scraps, fruits and veggies that I would throw out as being "bad", carrot peels. These are all items that break down and release various nutrients into the soil. If you have a wood fireplace, I have also read that you can use your ashes as well. Do not throw out things that are not going to break down, do not throw out meat scraps or fats, do not use pet or human feces (gross I know but some people equate it to manure and it's not the same) and be careful about acidic scraps like orange peels. You can do this year round ... even when the garden is planted!
|I usually just grab a bowl or pot out of my sink to throw stuff in through out the day. This one is ready to go!|